I’ve shared my skin woes plenty of times, but recently I decided to be more proactive about them- no pun intended. Though I do believe dermatologists can help, I also believe that incorporating cleaner and more natural products can help. Going natural with my hair has inspired me to go natural in other aspects of my life such as a skincare.
Food is a little bit of a struggle, but I’ll get there. I just love pizza too much.
Anyway, here are a few products that I’ve grown to love…
I’m still using Dr. Bronner’s tea tree soap for my face and it still works wonders. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that can help with skin problems such as acne or psoriasis. I used to have bad breakouts and aside from finally leaving my teenage years, I credit it to this cleanser. It’s a very strong soap so make sure you use just a few drops and dilute it with water.
I finally invested in a Clarisonic® Facial Brush! I know this isn’t considered a natural product, but it claims to clean six times better than using your hands. Who could resist that?
If you thought your face was clean before, you’ll be shocked to see how clean it really is after one 60-second use of it. You can use the Clarisonic® twice a day, or once at night like I do.
Quick tip: The Bass Body Care facial brush is a good alternative that I previously used, and it’s way cheaper.
I strongly believe it’s important to include a facial mask to your skin regimen. It gives your skin the extra TLC it needs. There are masks for acne-prone skin, combination skin, dry skin, etc. I use this mask by Earth Science Naturals a few times a week to help clarify my skin, fight pimples, and tame the oil.
Shea Moisture’s shea butter, infused with African Black Soap extract, is my new facial moisturizer. I’ve used everything from Oil of Olay to Clean & Clear, but this actually moisturizes my face instead of just sitting on top of my skin. The label says:
Natural blemish-fighting properties of African Black Soap and moisturizing Shea Butter help to heal and balance skin. This nutrient-rich treatment blended with Oats and Aloe Vera soothes skin while Sandalwood Oil, a natural astringent, helps to clarify.
Sounds good to me!
Quick tip: A little goes a long way with this shea butter. If you have an oily T-zone like I do, focus more on the less shiny areas of your face rather than slather it all over.
For showering, I use another one of Dr. Bronner’s soaps with a bath brush in order to exfoliate. The peppermint oil wakes me up in the morning and even gives me a sense of calm. Sometimes I’ll use it on my face if I’m feeling groggy.
After I hop out of the shower, I moisturize my skin with Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter. This stuff is thick and perfect for dry skin thanks to coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E.
… I also still use good ol’ coconut oil alone. Like I’ve mentioned in other posts, it can be used for just about anything. It makes my skin feel so soft after applying it right after a shower. I know some people still use baby oil, but I always wondered what exactly is the oil in baby oil anyway?
Six products for your face and body doesn’t seem too bad. They also don’t break the bank. Well, except for the Clarisonic®. I’ve learned that it’s best to keep it simple when it comes to your skin as well as your hair. So on that note, stay tuned for a post on my new hair regimen!
Love, Peace and Afro Grease,